Patents by Inventor Eric Meier

Eric Meier has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10486879
    Abstract: The invention relates to a blister pack (1) for a button battery, comprising a blister foil (4) designed to form at least one housing for receiving at least one button battery, and integral with a base (2). According to the invention, the blister pack comprises, between the base (2) and the blister foil (4), a reinforcing foil (6) which has inter alia a tensile strength of between 1,200 kg/cm2 and 3,100 kg/cm2according to the ASTM D 882 standard. Moreover, an orifice opening into the hosung is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: Renata AG
    Inventors: Thomas Meier, Eric Weber, Urs Renggli
  • Publication number: 20190302628
    Abstract: A cost-effective method for repairing reflective optical elements for EUV lithography. These optical elements (60) have a substrate (61) and a coating (62) that reflects at a working wavelength in the range between 5 nm and 20 nm and is damaged as a result of formation of hydrogen bubbles. The method includes: localizing a damaged area (63, 64, 65, 66) in the coating (62) and covering the damaged area (63, 64, 65, 66) with one or more materials having low hydrogen permeability by applying a cover element to the damaged area. The cover element is formed of a surface structure, a convex or concave surface, or a coating corresponding to the coating of the reflective optical element, or a combination thereof. The method is particularly suitable for collector mirrors (70) for EUV lithography. After the repair, the optical elements have cover elements (71, 72, 73).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2019
    Publication date: October 3, 2019
    Inventors: Robert MEIER, Holger KIEREY, Christof JALICS, Eric EVA, Ralf WINTER, Arno SCHMITTNER, Alexey KUZNETSOV, Vitaliy SHKLOVER, Christoph NOTTBOHM, Wolfgang MERKEL
  • Publication number: 20190295182
    Abstract: A computer system (100) comprising: a global synchronization log (112) that stores public data associated with private data wherein the private data is stored in one or more private data stores (132, 134) separate from the global synchronization log (112, 114); and one or more nodes (102) operable in a mode as a writer node (102) that has access to write the public data associated with private data to the global synchronization log (112). A reader node (120) may verify the public data on the global synchronization log (112, 114) with private data stored in one or more private data stores (132, 134).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Publication date: September 26, 2019
    Applicant: Digital Asset Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Shaul KFIR, James LITSIOS, Simon MEIER, Lance ARLAUS, Alexander BERNAUER, Tamas BLUMMER, Eric SARANIECKI, Miron CUPERMAN
  • Publication number: 20190171108
    Abstract: In order to prevent delamination of a reflective coating from the substrate under the influence of reactive hydrogen, a reflective optical element (50) for EUV lithography is provided, which has a substrate (51) and a reflective coating (54) for reflecting radiation in the wavelength range of 5 nm to 20 nm. A functional layer (60) is arranged between the reflective coating (54) and the substrate (51). With the functional layer, the concentration of hydrogen in atom % at the side of the substrate facing the reflective coating is reduced by at least a factor of 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2019
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: Dirk Heinrich EHM, Vitaliy SHKLOVER, Irene AMENT, Stefan-Wolfgang SCHMIDT, Moritz BECKER, Stefan WIESNER, Diana URICH, Robert MEIER, Ralf WINTER, Christof JALICS, Holger KIEREY, Eric EVA
  • Patent number: 10195464
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a lung of a patient. One embodiment of a method comprises positioning a leadless marker in the lung of the patient relative to the target, and collecting position data of the marker. This method further comprises determining the location of the marker in an external reference frame outside of the patient based on the collected position data, and providing an objective output in the external reference frame that is responsive to movement of the marker. The objective output is provided at a frequency (i.e., periodicity) that results in a clinically acceptable tracking error. In addition, the objective output can also be provided at least substantially contemporaneously with collecting the position data used to determine the location of the marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Edward J. Vertatschitsch, Steven C. Dimmer, Timothy P. Mate, Eric Meier, Keith Seiler, J. Nelson Wright
  • Publication number: 20190022412
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a lung of a patient. One embodiment of a method comprises positioning a leadless marker in the lung of the patient relative to the target, and collecting position data of the marker. This method further comprises determining the location of the marker in an external reference frame outside of the patient based on the collected position data, and providing an objective output in the external reference frame that is responsive to movement of the marker. The objective output is provided at a frequency (i.e., periodicity) that results in a clinically acceptable tracking error. In addition, the objective output can also be provided at least substantially contemporaneously with collecting the position data used to determine the location of the marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: Edward J. Vertatschitsch, Steven C. Dimmer, Timothy P. Mate, Eric Meier, Keith Seiler, J. Nelson Wright
  • Patent number: 10182868
    Abstract: Electromagnetic transponders as markers are used to localize and guide orthopedic procedures including: knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, damaged bone reconstruction, and spine surgery, and more particularly, to guide orthopedic surgical navigation and alignment techniques and instruments. For example, the marker could further be used in any number of guides or templates that attach to the bony anatomy; such as a surgical guide, cutting guide, cutting jig, resection block and/or resurfacing guide. Further, the marker could be incorporated into an existing intramedullary guide rod for a femur and an extramedullary guide rod for a tibia in a knee replacement surgery; or into an external surgical guide system, or the marker could eliminate the need for an external template altogether. According to yet another anticipated use of the tracking system, the marker could be used in conjunction with or replace an optical alignment system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Steven C. Dimmer, J. Nelson Wright, Rich Edelson
  • Patent number: 9682253
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy P. Mate, J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer, Lynn M. Purdy
  • Patent number: 9616248
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy P. Mate, J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer, Lynn M. Purdy
  • Patent number: 9238151
    Abstract: A facility for facilitating custom radiation treatment planning is described. During a distinguished radiation treatment session for a patient, the facility collects data indicating positioning of a predefined treatment site of the patient relative to a target treatment location throughout the distinguished radiation treatment session. The facility associates the collected positioning data with data describing one or more other aspects of the distinguished radiation treatment session. The facility provides the associated data to a treatment planning facility to determine a treatment plan for future radiation treatment sessions for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2016
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James K. Riley, Eric Meier, J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer, Timothy P. Mate
  • Publication number: 20140303489
    Abstract: Electromagnetic transponders as markers are used to localize and guide orthopedic procedures including: knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, damaged bone reconstruction, and spine surgery, and more particularly, to guide orthopedic surgical navigation and alignment techniques and instruments. For example, the marker could further be used in any number of guides or templates that attach to the bony anatomy; such as a surgical guide, cutting guide, cutting jig, resection block and/or resurfacing guide. Further, the marker could be incorporated into an existing intramedullary guide rod for a femur and an extramedullary guide rod for a tibia in a knee replacement surgery; or into an external surgical guide system, or the marker could eliminate the need for an external template altogether. According to yet another anticipated use of the tracking system, the marker could be used in conjunction with or replace an optical alignment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: VARIAN MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Steven C. Dimmer, J. Nelson Wright, Rich Edelson
  • Publication number: 20130172657
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Applicant: Varian Medical Sytems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy P. Mate, J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer, Lynn M. Purdy
  • Patent number: 8452375
    Abstract: Systems and methods for locating and defining a target location within a human body. The system can include at least one marker, a probe, and a detector for use in locating the markers by providing information to a surgeon that is representative of changes in proximity between the probe and the marker. The marker can have various detection characteristics, e.g., gamma radiation, that are detectable by an associated probe and detector. The tissue volume is removed by manipulating a cutting tool based on the proximity information provided by the detector, which can be used by the surgeon to define the boundary of the tissue volume. The systems and methods of the invention are particularly useful in locating and then removing a tissue volume or other target location from amorphous, pliable tissue (e.g., breast tissue) or other body parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: David Krag, Eric Meier, Steve Dimmer, Duane Durbin, Trevor Moody, Fred Silverstein, Rosemary Harry, Richard Frecksa, Amy Kinsella, Jon Gilbert
  • Patent number: 8437449
    Abstract: A facility for facilitating custom radiation treatment planning is described. During a distinguished radiation treatment session for a patient, the facility collects data indicating positioning of a predefined treatment site of the patient relative to a target treatment location throughout the distinguished radiation treatment session. The facility associates the collected positioning data with data describing one or more other aspects of the distinguished radiation treatment session. The facility provides the associated data to a treatment planning facility to determine a treatment plan for future radiation treatment sessions for the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: James K. Riley, Eric Meier, J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer, Timothy P. Mate
  • Patent number: 8340742
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy P. Mate, J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer, Lynn M. Purdy
  • Patent number: 8244330
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Varian Medical Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy P. Mate, J. Nelson Wright, Steven C. Dimmer, Lynn M. Purdy
  • Publication number: 20090216113
    Abstract: Electromagnetic transponders as markers are used to localize and guide orthopedic procedures including: knee replacement, hip replacement, shoulder replacement, damaged bone reconstruction, and spine surgery, and more particularly, to guide orthopedic surgical navigation and alignment techniques and instruments. For example, the marker could further be used in any number of guides or templates that attach to the bony anatomy, such as a surgical guide, cutting guide, cutting jig, resection block and/or resurfacing guide. Further, the marker could be incorporated into an existing intramedullary guide rod for a femur and an extramedullary guide rod for a tibia in a knee replacement surgery; or into an external surgical guide system, or the marker could eliminate the need for an external template altogether. According to yet another anticipated use of the tracking system, the marker could be used in conjunction with or replace an optical alignment system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2006
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Steven C. Dimmer, J. Nelson Wright, Rich Edelson
  • Publication number: 20060093089
    Abstract: Systems and methods for treating a lung of a patient. One embodiment of a method comprises positioning a leadless marker in the lung of the patient relative to the target, and collecting position data of the marker. This method further comprises determining the location of the marker in an external reference frame outside of the patient based on the collected position data, and providing an objective output in the external reference frame that is responsive to movement of the marker. The objective output is provided at a frequency (i.e., periodicity) that results in a clinically acceptable tracking error. In addition, the objective output can also be provided at least substantially contemporaneously with collecting the position data used to determine the location of the marker.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2005
    Publication date: May 4, 2006
    Inventors: Edward Vertatschitsch, Steven Dimmer, Timothy Mate, Eric Meier, Keith Seiler, J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20060078086
    Abstract: A facility for facilitating custom radiation treatment planning is described. During a distinguished radiation treatment session for a patient, the facility collects data indicating positioning of a predefined treatment site of the patient relative to a target treatment location throughout the distinguished radiation treatment session. The facility associates the collected positioning data with data describing one or more other aspects of the distinguished radiation treatment session. The facility provides the associated data to a treatment planning facility to determine a treatment plan for future radiation treatment sessions for the patient.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Publication date: April 13, 2006
    Inventors: James Riley, Eric Meier, J. Wright, Steven Dimmer, Timothy Mate
  • Publication number: 20060074302
    Abstract: An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2005
    Publication date: April 6, 2006
    Inventors: Eric Meier, Timothy Mate, J. Wright, Steven Dimmer, Lynn Purdy